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The Novium

Tower Street, Chichester PO19 1QH, England
01243 775 888
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Ranked #17 of 23 Attractions in Chichester
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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117 reviews 117 reviews
35 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Not sure what to make of this museum. On the ground floor we were pumped up with expectations as we viewed the remains of a Roman bath that had been uncovered during excavations on the site, but as we toured the two floors above we really could not see any logic to the sequence of the exhibits. On the second... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A wonderfully modern presentation of Chichester's history in well lit airy rooms. Artefacts from the old museum now grouped together in interesting themes and displayed in a manner which held one's attention. Fascinating video in the entrance hall & a great view of the Cathedral over the rooftops from the top floor gallery. Mixed age groups there when we visited... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

hundreds of interesting exhibits including the bosham head and my personal favourites selsey tram menorabillia. also free entry recently introduced. what's not to like! also very near the cathedral and city walls if you want to explore even more history

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

At first I was perplexed, then astounded, then confused and then in stitches. I have very rarely laughed in a serious museum, except perhaps as a schoolboy looking at something phallic, on a school trip, egged on by my friends. But at the Novium, I believe, we have found an avant-garde comedy installation, in Chi... The first floor features a... More 

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I first visited Novium when it opened and was very disappointed. As it is now a free entry attraction I thought I would give it another try. The initial impression on entering the building is quite promising as one views the remains of a Roman bath house. However the effect is somewhat spoilt by strange sound effect music which plays... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

LOCATION The Novium Museum is found in Tower Street, a road opposite The Cathedral in West Street, Chichester LIFT The biggest I have ever been in. It can carry 38 people ! TOILETS including DISABLED PRICE Free entry GIFT SHOP WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY Very spacious on all 3 floors EXCAVATED ROMAN BATHS and a whole lot more DRINKS VENDING MACHINE and... More 

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

My previous visit was extremely disappointing, and the high entry fee deterred me from re-visiting. However, at long last sense has prevailed & the museum has been made free (just like the old one). Quite a few changes have been made since I last went round, & all for the better. I was particularly pleased to see that the museum... More 

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Further to my earlier review (9th March) where I criticised this museum for being expensive, needing further development to justify the high entry fee, I re-visited it today and can report that it is improved, but also it is now FREE (since 17th November). For this reason I have upgraded it to 5 stars. One improvement is a looping video... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The Novium is now free as so now well worth visit. My previous review claimed it was not value for money which of course no longer applies. Well done Chichester! i shall be using your cafe to help you fund this local museum. John Field

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Adelaide, Australia
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24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

my husband and I visited this Museum for the first time. Seemed to pick a very quiet time of day to visit. Really enjoyed the comprehensive coverage from the Roman time in this area to nowadays.

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